PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Dolly Parton can still remember the moment she discovered her God-given purpose.
During a sit-down interview with The Christian Post and other reporters last month, the country music legend and cultural icon recalled how, as a little girl raised in the Smoky Mountains, an old woman once told her: "You are anointed."
"We grew up in the church and my grandpa was a Pentecostal preacher," Parton recalled. "So healing and praying and being anointed and all that stuff, that was nothing new to us, 'cause we survived because of our faith in God to get us through and all that. But when that old lady told me that I was anointed, I didn't know what that was. I was just thinking it was like, olive oil."
When Parton asked her mother to explain what the old woman meant, she responded, "That means that God has His hand on you; that you may do something special."